3M Will Feature Sustainable Textiles At Performance Days This Week

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3M Will Feature Sustainable Textiles At Performance Days This Week

3M will showcase its latest innovations in textiles featuring recycled contents, including 3M™ Thinsulate™ Flowable Featherless Insulation and 3M™ Thinsulate™ Xerogel Insulation, at Performance Days, 15-16 March at Messe München.

Melissa Blakely, 3M Thinsulate global portfolio director, said, “3M Thinsulate brand provides a range of recycled content options that are certified by the Bluesign® System, OEKO-TEX®, and The Global Recycled Standard. We are well-positioned to help outwear brands meet the growing demands of socially conscious consumers who also expect style, quality and performance.”

3M featured its 3M Thinsulate 100% Recycled Featherless Insulation at a temporary 3M CLIMATE INNOVATION CENTER during Climate Week NYC last autumn. The latest variation of this product, 3M Thinsulate Flowable Featherless Insulation, is a lightweight, high-loft synthetic insulation ideal for use in puffy garments as a down alternative.

Comprised of at least 80% recycled content, it is specially designed to be flowable for easy application to apparel using a variety of filling machines and easily shaped to fill garments’ unique quilting channels. It also offers a high wash durability, meaning it can maintain its thermal performance even after laundering.

3M Thinsulate Xerogel Insulation fuses 60% post-consumer recycled material with xerogel, an ultralight solid notable for its ability to retain warmth even when compressed. Designed primarily for boots and gloves, it is proven to be 20 times more breathable and almost  twice as warm as legacy 3M Thinsulate Insulation products designed for footwear. The product also offers ease of application at the mill level due to its low dusting, flexibility and minimal breakage.

“3Mers around the world are collaborating and applying their extensive knowledge of science coupled with our manufacturing capabilities to produce solutions for the most pressing climate challenges. Science offers hope for a brighter future, and we are making investments to help achieve it,” said 3M Executive Vice President, Chief Technology Officer and Environmental Responsibility, John Banovetz.

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